« on: October 16, 2005, 08:20:35 PM »
Yep, that's why I'm roaming this board.
#1: Chuck the TV. Split the resulting free time between sleeping and being with other people.
#2: Find something to do with other people
a. My law school has a lot of public interest and community service things to do. Yours might too. It's a good way to meet a broader group of people, at least some of whom may not be valley girls. And some of these activities are interesting learning experiences.
b. Early evening or afternoon social activities. A restaurant was giving a % of its profits on a particular night to charity, so a few days in advance, I emailed my section and other law students I knew to see who wanted to go to dinner. We had a nice little group that night. Our student bar association does a very popular bowling tournament. A friend of mine maintains an email list -- he announces a restaurant each week, and anyone interested just goes on Tuesday night. A friend of mine got an email about a big event on campus, so she emailed all of her law friends to see who was up for it. Some of my friends get together for regular walks or gym workouts. A girl in my section was in a big stage production on campus, so I found a few law students to go with. I joined a foreign-language table. Nothing elaborate -- just ways to interact outside of the club scene. The people you like will migrate towards the same activities you do.
c. Mock trial. It's a big time commitment over a short period of time. But you get to know your team, it can be fun, and it does go on the resume.
d. Religious, political, or minority interest groups, if you are so inclined, inside or outside of the law school. I volunteered with some of my fellow students on election day last year. A religious group helped me keep some focus in grad school.
e. A 1L I know joined the town's community orchestra
f. Call your family and non-law-school friends.
#3: Try studying in places with other people around. I hate studying in my apartment or in the secluded carrels in the law library. I much prefer the more public areas of the law school, or coffee shops and restaurants. It's nice to see there are other people around.